Man United fan charged over racism during match

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- A Manchester United fan has been charged for shouting racist abuse at Stoke players during a Premier League match on Tuesday.

Howard Hobson from Manchester is accused of a racially aggravated public order offense and using threatening words or behavior to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The 57-year-old Hobson was arrested at the game at Old Trafford after a complaint was made to stewards by a fan who heard the abusive comments.

He is due to appear at Trafford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Hobson was charged on the day the England captain's role was taken away from Chelsea defender John Terry as he awaits trial for allegedly racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a match.